01 March 2021

A man in a wheelchair in the kitchen chopping and slicing vegetable on a chopping board on his lap with an accessible slicing device

Jerusha's struggles with accessible kitchenware is the start of bringing more inclusive design to the table.

Accessibility improvements in the the kitchen will be a great boost to the indepence of many people who live with disability - and there's more improvements to be made if you ask disbility advocate and PhD student Jerusha Mather.

A passionate chef herself, her impaired fine motor skills as a result of her cerebral palsy has seen her reach for accessible kitchenware.

Examples of items which are adaptable include:

  • cutlery, plates and bowls
  • cups and mugs
  • knives
  • utensil holders and utensils - e.g. scissors, slicing tools, can and jar openers
  • chopping boards
  • kettle tippers
  • non-slip products

But these do not always work with success, according to Jerusha.

For many people living with disability, the support the receive from parents or loved ones is not a permanent solution to improving accessibility when it comes to cooking.

Her desire for greater independence in the kitchen motivated Jerusha to start a stronger push for change.

Read Jerusha's full opinion piece via the Sydney Morning Herald website


Anna Burchfield
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